Wednesday, January 15, 2014

January 6, 2014

This week was very intersteresting.. like every week in the misión. It turns out that new years eve is just like christmas. Everyone does Fireworks, but not Fireworks we are used to, literally EVERYONE has a million Fireworks and the sky is beautiful. We had another party with the Hodgmans and all the missionaries, because its not a safe night to be out. I love my zone, and the Hodgmans. I can blame my not being baggy this Christmas on them, they made us feel like we were right at home. I LOVE THEM SO MUCH! We each got a large pizza for each companionship to share.. there were A MILLION pizzas!! We didnt come close to finishing, so we dropped ours by Sonia and Maria's house (our recent converts) on our way home. (at 10pm. cause thats how we roll here in the misión). Oh, also i found martiniellis and bought out the store so the latinos could try some. IT WAS SO GOOD!
On New Years day, everything was closed, and literally no one was home because.. im not sure why. Its a bug holiday here. We knocked on soo many doors and tried visiting soo many people but no one was home! The streets were so empty, and it was really cold. It was one of those days where i wondered why i am doing here.. (stupid thought, i obviously know why i am here). But, that night we had a lesson with our investigator Avner. Seriously, when you are feeling down, the Lord can always bring you up. The lesson was with his brother who is a member, and his bestfriend who is also a member. The spirit was SO strong, and the testimonies of his brother and friend helped so much. He is really special, and really wants to know more, and learn more. He knows the Book of Mormon is true, and is so ready. I am so thankful for people like him who have the true desire to follow what Heavenly Father wants for him. Pleasae pray for him!
This week i have been super emotional because changes are wednesday and i think im leaving :( After new years i was kind of missing home, but after thinking about changes, i dont want to leave san marcos! I love the people here so much! I love my investigators and want to be here to see them be baptized! We had another lesson with Avner again on Sunday, and i was doing everything i could not to cry. The spirit mixed with the possibility of leaving was really weighing on me. I know whatever happens is good. I love the people in my Ward here, and the people i teach so much. I know i was called here for a reason, and that Heavenly Father has a plan for everyone. If you dont believe me, pray and ask, He would love to tell you himself! Or, read the scriptures.. they are seriously always a testimony to me that God knows me and loves me.
love you all!
Hermana Terry
pic 1. sometimes people put their dogs in their Windows
pic 2. pizza at the hogmans
pic 3. typico dress a memeber gave me!!

January 13, 2014

Monday, January 6, 2014

Pictures from Jac's SD Card 2013

Dog at Church
Blend in

Balloon language is universal

Best night EVER!

Chocolate Pancakes

Guatemalan clouds


Guatemalan street

Eww, a Lizard!


December 30th 2013

Hello everyone!
Wow, this week has been a little crazy. Christmas is definitley 100% different here.. for example, its actually on Christmas Eve, and Christmas day they just sleep in and eat tamales. (i'm not being racist, thats really what happens.)
  Christmas Eve was really fun. We got permission to be at our mission leaders house for the festivites. From about 4-9:30 we visited a lot of members and made tamales, and ate tamales. Tamales here are WAY different from in the states. I really love the tamales they make for Christmas, i'll definitley be making those when i come home. We visited the family we baptized and brought they little gifts we'd made. WE bought them little notebooks and put pictures of Christ on them, that they could use for scripture study. (i know, SUPER missionary kind of gift). For Pablo, we gave him some of the random things mom put in my birthday package.. for example the whoopie cusion. HE LOVED IT! They had never seen one before! It was really funny to watch him with it. 
 After eating a million tamales, i was ready to throw up. My stomach was really small from not eating that much the days before from being sick, so I was not prepared to eat that much. We got to Marvins house around 9:30, and they were having a birthday party/christmas party at their house for his sister-in-law. We played sharades, which i LOVE, but its a little hard when your spanish vocab isnt that great. Elder Dalby went up and was acting out his word.. but just pretending to eat. Me, being full of tamales, jokingly shouted out "tamales!" and i was right.. haha.. too easy!
  So the "Christmas" (christmas eve) tradition here is to have parties all night, then at midnight blow up the world with fire works (not the pretty 4th of July and new years fireworks we have, just super huge and loud ones). After blowing off fireworks for about 20 minutes, everyone opens their christmas gifts. Little kids, adults, babies, everyone. Then they eat more tamales, and go to bed. We got home at about 1:30.
  On Christmas morning, all of Guatmemala was asleep, so we playedm volleyball and basketball as a zone, then i went to call home!! Which was super fun :) We skyped at the house of the senior missionary couple here, then helped them a little bit prepare for christmas dinner for the zone. The dinner was SO GOOD! Traditional American christmas dinner. Turkey, cranberry sauce, salads, mashed potatoes, SO YUMMY!! THe whole zone (minus the elders in my ward) were there, then we playes games, and went to another dinner with some members. 
Mom.. you send the weirdest gifts! Thank you for the doggy bags, they will come in handy. AND THANK YOU FOR THE SEES CANDY!!!   

On Friday we got to go to the temple!!! It was sooo amazing!! How beautiful is the new!! ksdjfh sdkgdh (props to Becky and Brandi for the great wardrobe! It looks great!)

On Saturday we had a ward talent show, it was so funny. There are a lot of talentded people in my ward. Hermana Nielsen and Elder Hernandez were playing their intruments, so elder dalby and i didnt have anything to do, but wanted to participate, so about an hour before the activity started, we found this midgit dance thing with Marvin, and put together an awesome dance thing.. youtube migit dance so you get what i mean. EVERYONE LOVED IT! It was so funny, when we walked back to our seats they started clapping for us and the next day at church everyone told us it was their favorite act. After the talents and dinner, everyone started dancing. WHY ARENT WE LATINO! They are the cutest! Everyone dances with everyone! 16 year olds go and grab a 45 year old mom and just dance and its not a nig deal to them at all. It was so fun! I was dying to dance when people asked, but obviously i canty.. and i dont know why these letters are slanted! 

On Saturday night, at about 1am, i hear "Terry, TERRY!" It was my comp. "what?" 
"turn on the lights!"... "ok.."
There was a mouse in our room!! We couldnt find it, so we turned off the lights and went back to bed.. WHen i closed my eyes i heard the mouse dragging something.
"hna. nielsen, do you hear that?"
"yeah, its dragging plastic.."
"crap, my matress has plastic!" (im too paranoid to take off the plastic)
"hna nielsen, im afdraid its going to climb on my bed"
"thats why im tucked in my blankets"
(so i tuck my blankets under me)
"im afraid its going to get on my face!"
"thats why my face is covered too."
(so i cover my face) Then we slept like mummies for the rest of the night, terrified of the mouse that kept making noises at the head of our beds.

Sunday we set traps with oreos on them. They are the sticky traps, which are the rudest mouse traps ever because they just get caught and break their legs and are sitting there sad and alive still. When we came home for lunch the trap was there, but the oreo was gone. (smart little guy) So we tried again. We contemplated pushing our desks together and sleeping there. When we came home after dinner, the oreo was on the ground but the trap was gone! It had moved accross the room with the poor little mouse attached to it. I had my comp take it outside because i felt really bad. Then we spent the next two hours cleaning up mouse poop from off the ground, our beds, everywhere.. and putting legs on the bottom of the beds so we werent on the ground anymore. WHen we lifted the beds up we found a bunch of mold.. that was gross. But now our room is spotless!!

I have 3 families now that say "squishy baby" to their dogs and babies.. im so proud!

Elder Barrus found a vintage Seattle Super Sonics hat at a paca here and gave it to me for christmas!! He got it for about $0.65 in US money #iloveguatemala

Love you all!! 
Hermana Terry

(What Jaclyn may not realize about the WEIRD presents, is they may come in very handy...Doggie bag to throw up in on bus.  Doggie bag for interesting things she may not feel that her stomach can handle eating).  You'll thank me later Jac!

know, SUPER missionary kind of gift). For Pablo, we gave him some of the random things mom put in my birthday package.. for example the whoopie cusion. HE LOVED IT! They had never seen one before! It was really funny to watch him with it. 

December 23, 2013

Hey, no time to write! 
For my birthday I got sick and might have a wimpy parasite!  Like really whimpy. I only threw up a few times and booed a few times.  LAME!  Not losing any weight with it if it is!  Talk to you tomorrow night sometime when we call to set up a time to skype!  It will probably be 6 or 7 my time!  Sorry its so late! love you all!! 

December 16th 2013

Hey, this week has been a week of MIRACLES!
Maria is for sure getting baptized this Friday on my Birthday:) I AM SO EXCITED!! 
Her daughter, who we have been teaching for over two months, and who as always promised us she will come to church, FINALLY CAME TO CHURCH! I almost started crying when she walked in the doors. Ok, i cried a little bit. The week before, we brought the two most attractive lds guatemalan teenagers you could find, to her house before church, to take her, but she still didnt come, then miraculously, she came with her family yesterday!!
We were teaching a family the other day, who is super poor. They literally only eat bread because thats all they can afford. They really just have a lot of sad things going on in their lives, but they have changed so much and are trying so hard to live the commandments. The other day we shared the story of JOb, and how he literally lost EVERYTHING, and in the end, he still thanked God. After testifyig about the blessings you can recieve from keeping the commandments, and to trust in God, because he always has a better plan for us, we left their home, wishing for a miracle. Later that night, we passed by the church because we saw lights on. There was an activity with the relief society, and they had a ton of potato salad type food, meat, and tortillas left. They gave us two HUGE plates that we were able to bring to this family. I know Heavenly Father had blessed them with this food, and that it wasnt a coincidence that we passed by the church and they had a ton of left over food. I know that Heavenly Father blesses us with things HE knows we need, not things WE "know" we need. I know he blesses us as we strive to live better, and when we live better, we feel better, serve better, and help others to become better.
This Chrsitmas will be sad to be away from home and my family, but I know I wont have another like it. One of the blessings of being a missionary is that you get to live the season of christmas for 18-24 months. Please forget the worlds reason for Christmas, and remember the real reason we celebrate. Celebrate by serving as Christ served, give eternal gifts, not just things that have no real meaning.
I love you all!
Hermana Terry